Hello all, I’ve signed up to do the SDW in a day thing with the British Heart Foundation…. Now I need to get a bike to it on – my Nomad is a bit heavy!
So I need a bike that I can bang out 100 miles on, but I also want a bike that will be interesting to ride afterwards…. As in should fly down hills and cope with drops etc.
I think I want the following:
130mm fork minimum
Not too steep a head angle (my Nomad is slack but I guess I’d want something steeper for the SDW)
Light (as in 28lb ish)
Aggressive riding feel
Able to do 100 miles without killing me (happy to buy lighter rubber and flip the stem)
No more than 1100 quid
Has to be available from a shop that’s signed up to http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/
At the moment, I’m considering the Marin Rocky Ridge and a Dialled PA. The Marin is a *lot* more bike for the money, but the bike shop expressed surprise when I said I was going to the SDW on it….
I don’t think anywhere flogs the On-one 456 retail so that rules that out. Was considering the Genesis Core, but that’s a bit XC really.
Oh, and it can’t be a specialised, as we have ‘history’.